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ABF Fall 2019 Rally Dates Oct. 3-5 2019
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jun 5.

Clifford Essex Spanish Guitar Footstool Knockoff
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jun 5.

ABF Orchestra Spring 2019
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Draper May 21.

 

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Trapdoor2 replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Spanish Guitar Footstool Knockoff
"Of course...but that didn't keep me from having fun with it. Stash one away for me. I'll pick it up at my first rally! See if you can get Alf Wood to endorse mine..."
Jun 5
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Spanish Guitar Footstool Knockoff
"Ha!  I am going to have a talking board laser etched on the top of them.  I will include a tiny planchette for getting lessons with past banjoists! I think John meant that Morley used a footstool, not necessary one of mine. I think I am…"
Jun 5
Trapdoor2 replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Spanish Guitar Footstool Knockoff
"LOL. John, it sounds like Joel ought to seek an endorsement deal with Joe Morley! "The Joel Hooks footrest is paranormally endorsed by the finest players who ever played. Spectrally enhanced, Joe's signature can be found by…"
Jun 5
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion ABF Fall 2019 Rally Dates Oct. 3-5 2019
"The theme for the next rally is "Play Something New to You." A little explanation.  The theme is to encourage people to play solos that are not normally played.  The idea is to dig into the stacks and find forgotten pieces and…"
Jun 5
John Cohen replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Spanish Guitar Footstool Knockoff
"I'm now the happy owner of one of Joel's footstools. They're the perfect height for banjo playing and Joe Morley used one, so if you want to play like Joe you absolutely need one..."
Jun 5
John Cohen replied to Joel Hooks's discussion ABF Fall 2019 Rally Dates Oct. 3-5 2019
"Great to hang with you, Paul! Looking forward to the next rally."
Jun 5
Paul Draper replied to Joel Hooks's discussion ABF Fall 2019 Rally Dates Oct. 3-5 2019
"Great Spring rally, Joel!  Thanks so much!  Good to see and hear everyone. "
Jun 5
Joel Hooks posted a discussion

ABF Fall 2019 Rally Dates Oct. 3-5 2019

Hi Folks, the next rally is set for October 3 to 5 2019 at the Newark Garden Hotel (near Rochester, NY).I'll post more details as I get them hammered out.See More
Jun 5

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New Additions to my family.

I answered an add on craigslist listing "four old banjos- $150 each."



I called very early to leave a message and get my name in the mix. Well it's true that the early bird catches the worm, and he called me a couple of minutes later.



I met with him and this is what I got...



Stewart and Bauer "Monogram" Grade 2. At first sight it looked in remarkably good condition. A couple of days later when I had a chance to mess with it I noticed one issue.



I… Continue

Posted on December 25, 2009 at 1:45 — 2 Comments

My first real banjo lesson.

I finally had a formal music lesson, the first in my life (that I can recall). The best part is that it was with none other than Clarke Buehling.



We had exchanged info at the opening of the America Banjo Museum. He was in Ft Worth for Thanksgiving. So we got together, had lunch, then went to our "old west" town.



He is a true gentlemen.



Scales and accompaniment, along with discussion of historically informed performance was the agenda. He listened to where I was… Continue

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 20:45 — 1 Comment

Thoughts on Tremolo.

In this journey (obsession) of historic banjo playing, I have turned to reading all of the period literature on the subject that I could find. An observation I made is that it seems most banjoists had a version of "Home, Sweet Home with Tremolo." I had read the instructions for how to play it, listened to Ossman and Eps, but really did not give it much mind.



Then, from Trapdoor's recommendation, I bought Douglas Back's The Banjo Goes Highbrow (if you don't have this get it… Continue

Posted on April 12, 2009 at 17:36 — 16 Comments

Comment Wall (16 comments)

At 5:01 on January 2, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you joined, Joel. Great profile picture.
At 20:22 on February 14, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Many thanks for the info. I shall have a serious look at them, and give it some thought. The Patents were most helpful. We are never too old to learn a new trick or two. I wonder if there is a special design for a zither banjo.
At 22:05 on July 2, 2009, Ray Jones said…
At 22:29 on July 3, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Did you manage to print out the notation for Gay Gossoon that I sent yesterday? Ray
At 2:29 on July 4, 2009, Ray Jones said…
If you want the other banjo parts later, I have them. Ray
At 6:54 on August 20, 2009, Ray Jones said…
What is interesting is that the Appalachian Area was originally settled by migrants from, England, Ireland and Scotland! Did they bring the banjo over with them? So much for the Hillbillies.
At 7:36am on January 03, 2010, Clarke Buehling gave Joel Hooks a gift
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And a toast for a happy new year to you, sir. Clarke
At 12:42 on April 13, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
HI- thanks for the interest in the CD- I'm heading out of town for a family crisis, but will be back next week and will check back with you then about getting you the disc. Thanks again!- Peter
At 15:51 on April 21, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
Hey Marc- back again. Can't remember if I gave you an address to send the check for $15, that includes shipping.

Peter LaBau
2079 Hawkshill Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Thanks so much- hope all's well. - Peter
At 15:53 on April 21, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
Hey- Peter here again. So sorry, I'm mixing names up here- sorry for the gaff... Peter

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